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Happy (2011)

Sonja Lyubomirsky , Richard Davidson , Roko Belic  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (439 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sonja Lyubomirsky, Richard Davidson, Ed Diener, Daniel Gilbert, Nic Marks
  • Directors: Roko Belic
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Bengali, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Wadi Rum Films, Inc
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (439 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008R52LES
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,343 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I Love This Movie! ----Ellen Degeneres - The Ellen Degeneres Show

The ultimate movie about human beings at their best! ----Lindsay Doran - Producer (Sense and Sensibility and Stranger Than Fiction)

I highly recommend HAPPY; you'll be giving yourself a gift of pure magic. ----Marilyn Schlitz - CEO, Institute of Noetic Sciences

Product Description

Does money make you happy? Kids and family? Your work? Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? Are we in the midst of a happiness revolution?

HAPPY, the latest award-winning film from Academy Award® nominated director, Roko Belic (Genghis Blues) and Executive Producer, Tom Shadyac (Nutty Professor, Bruce Almighty, I AM), takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories of people from around the world and powerful interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research, HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.

HAPPY features insights from experts in the field of positive psychology including Ed Diener, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Richard Davidson, Daniel Gilbert, Nic Marks, Gregory Berns, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, P. Read Montague, and Tim Kasser and is narrated by Marci Shimoff, best selling author of Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman s Soul.

Over 30 minutes of Bonus Features: Extra Scenes, Q&A with Director Roko Belic, Interview with Executive Producer Tom Shadyac, Behind the Scenes Photos, and Trailers
9 Subtitles: French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Czech, English
English Closed Captioning for the hearing impaired
Director's Commentary

Best Documentary - Maui Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize - Amsterdam Film Festival
Most Inspirational Documentary - DocMiami International Film Festival
Audience Choice Award - Mendocino Film Festival
Best Documentary - Rincon International Film Festival
People's Choice Award - Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival
Best Documentary - Mexico International Film Festival
Audience Choice, Student's Choice Awards - Mountainfilm in Telluride
Audience Choice Award - Arizona International Film Festival
Best Feature Film - Costa Rica International Film Festival

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78 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice movie about happiness in many societies. May 7, 2012
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I watched this movie because lately I have been interested in what makes people happy.

I was surprised that the people who made the movie had examples of happy and unhappy people from all over the world. There was this example of happy people that lived in a community in Denmark (I think), where they each had apartments that were part of a cluster, and they took turns cooking, and it was basically like living with a giant family. I had not ever heard of modern people living like that. Those people were very happy. There was also an example of unhappy Japanese people--in Japanese culture, there is a word for people who die of working too much, and that phenomenon is just part of their society. That was kind of sad.

I felt like this movie was more entertaining than informative; I didn't leave the film with a clear idea of what things I could do to become happier, except maybe to spend more time with friends. I did enjoy watching it, though. The wide variety of cultures represented made the movie really vibrant and interesting.

I would recommend this movie to anyone. I think it was totally appropriate for families.
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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This movie made me happy! :) April 23, 2012
I really liked this movie. I too saw it with my family (10 year old son, 13 year old daughter and husband) and we all liked it. I think it all comes down to the fact that we're happiest when we're feeling connected to other people and I think there's been enough research over the last decade to support this. It was interesting to note that extreme happiness and sadness are both short lived in that we all pretty much have a happiness set point that we revert back to quite quickly. When I think of all the mindless drivel we could have watched on a Sunday night I have to say that I think this movie was well worth my family's time. It was positive, sweet, informative and heart-warming and made us feel more connected because we watched it together.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy video June 25, 2012
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I heard about this video on Hay House Radio. I decided to rent it while I was convalescing from chronic fatigue. It definitely drives home that happiness is a choice. The rickshaw man who lives in the Indian slum made an impression on me. Whenever I start feeling down, thinking about what I lack and forgetting to be thankful for what I have, I replay the segment about him in my mind. It also helped me to be less judgemental of others who don't conform to the "norm".
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39 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy is awesome. February 28, 2012
By Patbone
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Terrific movie. Not as good as "I am", but certainly a must see. Shows that happiness is something that can be learned like any other skill. Of course, those who chose to be unhappy will never watch this because they will have a list of negative reasons. Which is okay, we can measure our happiness by their self imposed misery.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is perspective not a how to November 12, 2013
By m4tch
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For me, the interviews and array of footage in this documentary are what make it so enjoyable.
50% of our happiness is determined by our genetic composition, 10% of our happiness is based on our surrounding and 40% is unknown, leaving you to wonder if you can truly determine your own happiness in life. Personally I think yes. At the end of the day it is up to you whether you're going to let any stimuli effect your mood in any way. Everyone is different but one thing is for certain, we need outside stimuli to help process an emotional feed.
This film visits many different cultures throughout the movie which really gives you a different perspective of what makes everyone happy or unhappy, regardless of their social or economic background. I would recommend watching this movie in a class or group environment as it fuels great topics of discussion. Two things to keep in mind is that this film is not a "how to be happy" and it does not go into discussion about people who may have disorders that would or could otherwise take control of their responses to stimuli (whether internal or external).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy February 3, 2013
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It's a wonderful and inspirational documentary. It caused great and deep discussions with my family and friends. I highly recommend this movie for everyone!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Falls short November 26, 2012
By Dustin
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I've always found positive psychology to be interesting, so I was excited to watch this documentary. While it brought up some great ideas, it didn't do much to expand on those ideas. Do the things that make us happy change over the course of our lives? I would have loved to see research on how our perceptions of happiness change over time. Furthermore, they could have expanded more on Bhutan's example of GDH which ended up being the most interesting part of the film. This was limited to 5 minutes.

I thought the case of the women who had gotten run over by the truck was an extreme example which wasn't necessary to prove the simple point that people are resilient by nature. Showing the pictures of her face and hearing her tell the story of her husband divorcing her did not leave me feeling happy at all. While she may have recovered from her tragedy, the simple truth is that not everyone recovers from tragedy and some are haunted by it for life.

Another annoying part was the middle school speaker who gave a speach that was supposed to be motivating but he came across somewhat brainwashy instead. I certainly am not a supporter of bullying, but his presentation of it was a little too sensastionalistic for my liking.

Great subject, but overall this was delivered poorly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
important information and nice to know that there are good kind happy loving people in the world. I recommend this movie to people of all ages.
Published 3 days ago by Lois Cone
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes so much sense
I could have given it 5. Good movie about life and Americans. Money will not buy happiness. Reinforced good thoughts. Get your priorities in order. Watch it..... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Lynda Bradbury
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy
I'm a happy person by nature. I'd like to think it is in my DNA. The movie provided me with some scientific logic on the happy emotion.
Published 14 days ago by Pat Scheele
5.0 out of 5 stars I am happy to see this video!
Great insights and well done . It makes you Happy to see this video. Recommend it to all my friends.
Published 14 days ago by Silvia Eberly
This is an excellent family DVD. I want to share it with my entire family. So far my 88 year old mother liked it and my husband also enjoyed it. Glad I bought it.
Published 16 days ago by Bonnie Gale Wolgamot
5.0 out of 5 stars loving kindness
amazing film and message... to watch again and again. This is a timeless experience- looking forward to the sequel. Much gratitude to the creators and producers of this film.
Published 17 days ago by Barbara Hurd
5.0 out of 5 stars Choose to be HAPPY!
The documentary seems to be well researched. It certainly gives perspectives from different cultures and walks of life. I found most interesting that being happy can be a choice.
Published 17 days ago by J. L. King
5.0 out of 5 stars So Happy to have it!!!
One of the best films/documentaries ever! Everyone has got to see this. It is life changing! I gave all my other 5 copies away so had to purchase this one again for me to keep(and... Read more
Published 18 days ago by A C
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Truly Living
What does it take to be truly happy in life? This movie reveals the answer with many often funny and heartwarming examples. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Maraz
3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of a downer if your not a happy person but an okay movie
A tad too long for the subject matter but rather interesting look at the psychology of what makes us happy. Read more
Published 21 days ago by cocofan
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